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Carrot, tomato soup with orzo pasta – enriched with fresh turmeric root and ginger

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We all need to eat to live 🤷🏻‍♂️ but we believe we live to eat 🤪

Some weekday nights, all we need is something simple, something that provides nutrition, is not fussy and just food to keep us going ! 

Such nights seem to come around quite often on cold winter nights, when everything is cold and mundane. A warm bowl of soup is just the dinner that is called for. It acts like a warm blanket engulfing us in comfort and goodness. 

The soup we savored this week was exactly that – sweet carrots and tomatoes combining with ginger and fresh turmeric root to provide an earthy flavor, a simple touch of spice and creamy goodness. 

We put to use 2 kitchen gadgets which I cannot stop raving about. 

InstantPot to cook the vegetables in a short duration of time and preserving all the flavors and vitamins. 

The immersion hand blender to make a fine puree of the soup in the same pot. 

Orzo pasta looks like long grain rice. It is a pasta shaped like rice and it works very well in a soup. Incorporating orzo pasta, brings in wholegrain carbs to a nutrient rich soup and makes it a well rounded one-pot meal. 

Our boys liked it so much that they were asking for leftover soup to enjoy a midweek lunch 🙂 Serve the soup garnished with parsley leaves and a drizzle of plain milk or cream. 

Carrot, Tomato soup with Orzo pasta recipe

Ingredients –

  • Carrots – large 8 
  • Tomatoes – large 3
  • Sweet potato or potato – small 1
  • Shallot – small 1
  • Ginger – shredded 1 tbsp
  • Turmeric root – shredded 1 tbsp 
  • Vegetable stock 32 oz
  • Parsley – chopped 1 tbsp 
  • Olive oil 2 tbsps
  • Whole wheat orzo pasta 1 cup

Procedure –

  1. Start the InstantPot on SAUTE mode (alternatively you can cook in a regular pressure cooker)
  2. Add olive oil, add onions and saute
  3. Add ginger and turmeric and give it a spin 
  4. Add the carrots, tomato, sweet potato and vegetable stock. Add salt. Cook with pressure for 10 minutes 
  5. Let it release pressure naturally. Open the pot carefully and using an immersion hand blender puree the soup to a smooth texture, adjust salt and add pepper
  6. Add the orzo pasta and 1 cup of water and set it back to cook with pressure for another 10 minutes
  7. Let it release pressure naturally. Check for the consistency of the soup and add hot water as needed. Season with salt and black pepper. 
  8. Serve with chopped parsley leaves and a drizzle of cream or milk 

Enjoy ! 

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